When there is a realization of the inexpressible truth of your being, often the question arises: how do I stay true to that? The mistake is to imagine that the human survival strategies will not arise. What is the line between staying true in the midst of our human conditioning, or being distracted from our own awakening? The key is vigilance, which is not separate from willingness.
Repeatedly telling the story of “not good enough” is a familiar habit to most of us, an aspect of our human conditioning. But what does it have to do with who you truly are? In this exchange, Gangaji, simply and directly shares how to bring an end to the story and “step into freedom.”
These two early gems from 1993 and 1995 deal with questions that are pressing for many: commitment, whether in relationship or to what is beyond all relationship, and the most powerful distractions from that commitment: sex, power and money. These clips were created by volunteer Melissa Fischer. Melissa's long time dedication to digitizing Gangaji's archival Hi-8 and old format tapes for future generations has turned up many such treasures over the years.
“To play the role of yourself, which is the transcendent role, the role of freedom, you have to trust something unknowable.”
The themes of belonging, freedom from identification, and trusting our direct experience come together in this playlist. This powerful interplay of themes opens the mind to the heart and invites an inquiry: What does it mean to be free? Where do you belong?
From the 2022 Santa Sabina Silent Retreat. Life is not pain free. Things happen, we get triggered, trauma arises. But when you realize you don't have to struggle for life to be pain free, your life force is freed up.
A selection of clips from Gangaji's August 2022 Silent Retreat at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA. These monologues and dialogues with Gangaji are from the first half of the retreat. Part II will follow.